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The Day of Immunology is April 29!

Apply for a Prize & Participate!
-Supported by the IUIS and the EFIS-

Dear Colleagues,

The annual Day of Immunology is just around the corner on April 29, 2019! The day is dedicated to increasing global awareness of the importance of immunology in the fight against infection, autoimmunity and cancer. The IUIS and EFIS are working together to encourage national societies to participate in the Day of Immunology and to promote the benefits of immunology research.

 

 

We strongly encourage your immunological society and federation to participate in the day. It will be an asset to publicizing your society and the importance of immunology to global heath. We are happy to assist you with advise (please feel free call) and pedagogic material that you can freely use to create a winning campaign that will reach journalists, school teachers, politicians and decision makers and all people you know.

 

Design your campaign the way you like using any media you wish - posters, film, video, social media, email or regular mail. Ask all your members to give interviews, lectures, join classroom discussions, meet teachers and talk to friends, family and neighbors about their amazing immune system!

 

Reserve April 29 as the day to discuss immunology with everyone you know. Your participation is shaping an international community of immunologists dedicated to improving health for people around the world.

 

Applying for a prize is simple - just follow the steps below. We look forward to celebrating the awards with you at the IUIS 2019 Beijing, 19-23 October 2019.

Sincerely,

 

Prof. Alberto Mantovani    
President, IUIS    

Andreas Radbruch
President, EFIS

How to Apply

1. Designate one person among your staff or members to be the "Ambassador" for the campaign that you will develop and implement. Your Ambassador will be the contact person for all information regarding your campaign.

2. Send the name of your Ambassador, his/her email, phone, address and a short description of your campaign action plan to:

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Deadline for entry: Friday, April 26, 2019

3. Design and implement your campaign to take place on or around the Day of Immunology, April 29, 2019.

4. After your campaign is complete:

You submit a report, which should include what you did, an estimate of how many people you reached, and what were some of the major results.  More information about how to submit a report will be sent to your Ambassador. Submit the detailed report to:

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Deadline for reports: June 1, 2019.

 

 

Goal

IUIS and EFIS are working together to involve all Regional and National Societies in a global effort to promote the benefits of immunology research during the International Day of Immunology (DoI) taking place every year on April 29.

"This is a unique opportunity to increase awareness around the world about immunology and the importance of immunity to fight major diseases, improve research and save lives,"

Stefan Kaufmann,

IUIS Past President when launching the first Day of Immunology in Europe in 2005

 

Preparation

Every Immunological Society and Federation is strongly encouraged to participate in the DoI.  EFIS provides pedagogic material to help your teams create successful awareness campaigns and reach journalists, school teachers, politicians, decision makers and the general public.

Each participating Society is invited to design a unique awareness campaign using any media of its choice including posters, videos, social media, mails and emails. Societies Members can for instance record interviews, give lectures, organize joined classroom discussions, meet with teachers… and talk with friends, family and neighbors about the amazing immune system!

The DoI on April 29 is a special day to discuss immunology in public sphere and strengthen the international community of immunologists dedicated to improving health for people around the world.

 

International Day of Immunology Awards 2019

Awards totaling 5000 euros will be given once every 3 years for the 4 best public relations campaigns of the Day of Immunology for 2017, 2018 and 2019:

  1. i.        International Day of Immunology Award

by IUIS - 2000 euros for the best international campaign

  1. ii.        European Day of Immunology Award

by EFIS - 2000 euros for the best campaign in Europe, where the annual DoI has been celebrated since 2005

  1. iii.        Award for the Best Newcomer Campaign

by EFIS – 1000 euros for the best campaign organized by a candidate participating in the DoI for the first time

  1. iv.        Best 2017, 2018 or 2019 Theme Award

by IUIS – 1 000 euros for the best campaign organized by a candidate participating in the DoI, which corresponds to one of the year’s themes (IGE-Allergy 2017, Vaccine Developments in Tuberculosis 2018, Cancer Checkpoint Blockade 2019)

 

Who can apply?

All National Societies and Regional Federations are eligible to apply. Annual theme is only a suggestion, not a requirement.

 

Process of selection

Applications are reviewed based on the campaign’s originality, clarity, and impact at a national or regional level. More details to be released at a later date.

 

Celebration!

Prizes will be announced during a special Awards Ceremony at the triennial International Congress of Immunology. The next Awards Ceremony will be held during IUIS 2019 in Beijing, China. During Ceremony, the IUIS President accompanied by the EFIS President will report on the best initiatives of the DoI and reveal the names of the winners.

Winners are invited to present their campaign to the audience. The Award Ceremony is open to all. Participants get the chance to applaud examples of some of the excellent initiatives from different National Societies, and to share ideas and help prepare the next DoI!

 
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